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Indus Civilization Sites in India: New Discoveries

Dilip K. Chakrabarti (Editor)
Synopsis More than 5,000 years ago, India’s first civilization flourished with well-planned cities, civic amenities, and a developed economy. Since the first discovery of this civilization in 1920-21 at Harappa in the Indus valley, hundreds of sites spread over more than a million square kilometers in the Indian subcontinent have been excavated, many of these in northern and western India. Sites are still being discovered constantly adding to our knowledge of this completely urban civilization which continued up to circa 1400 BCE. This book focuses on some of the recently discovered sites inIndia, and utilizes the finds from locations in the Gangetic Doab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat for the dating of the civilizatioin, its llife, town-planning social and economic infrastructure, religious practices, script, trading activities, crafts, griculture, and pastoral life. Some of the interesting discoveries included in the volume are remains of earliest ploughed field in the subcontinent, a hoard of Late Harappan jewellery, and different kinds of pottery. The volume is important for the study of later Indian civilizations, and many of the elements of our civilization today are rooted in the life and times of the Indus civilization sites.
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About the author

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Dilip K. Chakrabarti is currently Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Cambridge University. He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77). He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77), Delhi (1977-90), Visvabharati (1980-1) and Jahangirnagar (1988-90), before moving to Cambridge in 1990. He participated in a number of Indian excavations and did some fieldwork in Iran before 1980, but the major focus of his fieldwork since 1980 has been a series of surveys: Kangra Valley (1980), Chotanagpur plateau (1981-7), Bangladesh (1988-90), the Ganga-Yamuna plain from the mouth of the bhagirathi to the hills of Uttaranchal (1991-2001 and 2002-5), the routes linking the Ganga plain with the Deccan (1999-2002) and the ancient routs of the Deccan and the south (2004-6). He is perhaps the only archaeologist to have surveyed the Chotanagpur plateau as a whole. His historical geographic survey of the Ganga plain is the first survey of its kind after the nineteenth century surveys by Alexander Cunningham and his associates. He has also opened up the study of the ancient routes as a branch of enquiry in Indian archaeology. He has published widely on each of these areas and on a host of key issues of south Asian archaeology. India: An Archaeological History (2001), The Archaeology and Ancient Indian Cities (1995), Ancient Bangladesh (1992), and The Early Use of Iron in India (1992) are some of his works published by OUP. His forthcoming publication is Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: The Upper Ganga (Oudh, Rohilkhand and the Doab).

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Title Indus Civilization Sites in India: New Discoveries
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Marg Publications
Language: English
isbn 8185026637
length 108p., Figures; Col. & B/w Plates; Maps; Index; 32cm.